Driving School Check List:
Are You Getting Ripped Off? by Amy Metz
I've got a confession to make. Sometimes, I drive to fast and I speed.
I've done it before and I'll probably do it again. And guess what? I've
gotten speeding tickets. If you think that I'm a bad actor and as far as
driving to fast is concerned, you'd be correct (though this isn't a
normal occurrence for me. Really!). However, I haven't had to actually
pay a speeding ticket recently due to the fact that (at least in the
state of Texas), citizens can often take defensive driving instead of
paying the fine (and the resulting insurance rate increase). This is
often left up to the judge's discretion as to who is granted permission
to take defensive driving and some states have requirements that you
cannot take defensive driving more than once during a certain time
period (say 1 year or 6 months).
However, I've noticed that the different types of defensive driving
school courses vary wildly in cost and type. If you're ticketed for
speeding, by all means check your local laws to see if defensive driving
is even offered in your state. But, if you think defensive driving might
be an option for you to pursue, use this quick checklist to make sure
you are researching all of your potential options.
1)Look at online options. Did you know that in some states, you don't
even have to go to a physical classroom. You can take your defensive
driving course entirely online. Do you really want to spend your time
driving back and forth to some random training facility for 8 hours a
day trying to pass a quiz and get relieved from your ticket? I sure
don't. I've taken defensive driving courses online and they are really
great. Usually there is a quiz at the end of a section and many of the
educational scenes are displayed in graphics. It's almost like watching
a cartoon. The cartoon might not be the funniest thing you've ever
watched, but it's certainly nice to watch the entire course from the
comfort of your home.
2)Go for the comedy option. If you can't do it online, you might as well
have a little comedic interlude in your driving school. Several cities'
comedy clubs augment their incomes (I think) by having defensive driving
school at their clubs when their regular business isn't in full session.
Reports of the comedy option range from the sublime to the awful (much
like comedians themselves), but if you can get a good recommendation of
a place in your city, try it out. You might find it to be a delightfully
3)Locations are fine and dandy, but if you don't learn anything, you'll
quickly find yourself being ticketed again. In fact, parts 1 and 2 are
almost unimportant as compared to the meat of the defensive driving
experience. Learn the important parts. It can save lives. And once you
know all about driving correctly you'll save yourself a lot of time and
money in the future.
About the Author
Amy Metz is the author of "Defensive Driving School Can Save Lives."
Grab your free copy at http://www.drivingschoolzone.com.